Rhona Berens helps expecting couples and parents stay sane and stay together, or co-parent effectively when staying sane means staying apart. She also offers tools to professionals—e.g., birth, parenting & health professionals, and educators—so they can better support families, and enhance their own self-care.
Rhona is passionate about giving parents fun and easy tools to cultivate familial wellbeing and parenting effectiveness. She also helps expecting couples prepare for the profound changes that arrive with their baby. As a Gottman Educator for Bringing Baby Home, Rhona knows that parenting teamwork not only enhances parents’ fulfillment, it’s crucial to infants’ and children’s developmental health across variables, including physical health, infant & toddler attachment, and intellectual and emotional development.
Rhona has been an educator for more than 20 years. At the University of California, Irvine, where she was a Department Chair, Rhona received teaching awards and served on the Committee on Teaching Quality. Her educational background informs her entertaining talks and workshops, and enhances her commitment to supporting teachers. As a former business executive, Rhona also understands the challenges and importance of work-family balance.
Rhona is a dynamic speaker, a fun and compassionate coach, and inspiring writer. She coaches internationally via phone and Skype, and in person in the Bay Area . Rhona is a Gottman Educator for Bringing Baby Home and The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. She is also a certified facilitator for The Children’s Project, which offers workshops to parents, teachers, health professionals and community organizations based on Dr. Gerald Newmark’s groundbreaking book, How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children.
Rhona offers practical advice to parents at Your Tango, Everyday Family, HuffPost Parents, Parent Map, and Pregnancy.org. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Children’s Project and the Advisory Council of Dovetail Learning, developers of The Toolbox Project, a dynamic social-emotional learning curriculum developed in Sonoma County, California. Rhona is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is accredited by the International Coach Federation.
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Rhona is trained in Relationship Systems Intelligence (RSI). RSI provides the same tools for positive communication and productive conflict to couples and families as to business professionals and teams. RSI views all relationships as complex systems in which: (1) Conflict isn’t a problem but a signal that change is needed; (2) All opinions are important, including unpopular ones; and (3) Relationships aren’t about me or you but us. Rhona graduated from The Center for Right Relationship as a specialist in RSI, is certified as a Co-Active® Coach by The Coaches Training Institute and has received training in the applications of Neuroscience to Coaching. She holds degrees in Communications & Media from UCLA & McGill University.
“We had the great pleasure of having Rhona speak at one of our Parent Workshops. Being a parent of three, I know how hard it is to take the time to communicate with my husband effectively but after the workshop I used the tools she suggested and was able to notice a huge difference right away. Rhona’s presentation was fun and interactive. Parents came back the next day saying that they have already started implementing the practices learned.”
– Renae Plant, Director, Camelot Kids Child Development Center